Walk of Memories is an annual event, traditionally held the last Sunday in August. The Walk of Memories is open to all members of the public who wish to remember loved ones who have died and to support Palliative Care Services. As well, Walk of Memories offers an opportunity to connect with others who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This annual walk is intended to raise public awareness of Palliative Care Services in Saskatoon. For more information call 306-655-5868.
Memory Tree is a different sort of holiday tradition. For many people holiday music, family photos of seasons past, and the place at the table where someone special used to sit…all can be reminders of family or friends who are no longer here to share this special time of year. The Memory Tree provides a way for people to deal with their feelings without fear of criticism for not being in the holiday spirit. Anyone who wishes, may write a memory card, and hang it on The Memory Tree. The Memory Tree is located at Market Mall in Saskatoon from the end of November through the first week in December each year. In Saskatoon call 306-655-5868, in Humboldt call 306-682-2609.Service of Remembrance
is a service held in early December of each year to provide families with an opportunity to remember loved ones who are no longer with us. For more information contact 306-655-5868.
Hospital Bereavement Services and Follow-up are offered at various times throughout the year. For more information about these interdenominational memorial services for relatives and friends of those who have passed away, please contact the appropriate number below. Memorial gatherings are followed by coffee and conversation.
- St. Paul’s Hospital - 306-655-5000 ask to page Spiritual Care
- Royal University - 306-655-1249
- Saskatoon City - 306-655-8250
- Rural – Contact your local Hospital or Health Centre
Walking Groups are held twice per year. Walking groups offer a safe place for social interaction for people of all ages. They act as an “ice-breaker” for those who are ready to meet new friends and foster a feeling of understanding for those who have experienced a loss. For more information contact Anna-Maria Buhr at 306-655-5519.
Creative Expressions of Loss and Grief offers an alternate method of dealing with grief. Through the use of a variety of artistic mediums, the journey through grief and loss is expressed in a more tactile way.
The Creative Expressions of Loss and Grief program is held twice a year. For more information contact Ruth Eliason at 306-655-5526 or Anna-Maria Buhr at 306-655-5519.
A Bereavement Support Group for Women of All Ages
- Six-session group: Education and support for recently widowed women.
- Wednesday 1:00-3:00 p.m. - Fall and Winter
- Open Bereavement Group: For women who have attended the six-session group.
- First Wednesday each month 1:00-3:00 p.m.
- Individual Bereavement Counseling: for men or women is available by referral.
New Beginnings Retreat
For widowed, separated and divorced.
- Meetings: Each Thursday 7:30-9:00 p.m. at the Diocese Pastoral Offices, St. Paul’s Cathedral, 720 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon
- Contact Linda at 306-242-1916
A New Adventure…A Grieving Journey
Adult grief and loss support group.
- Mondays 7:00-9:00 p.m. Acadia-McKague Funeral Home, Saskatoon
- Call 955-1600
Bereaved Parents of Adult Children
A ten week facilitated group for parents who have experienced grief following the death of their adult child.
- Contact Saskatoon Funeral Home at 306-244-5577
A self-help group for parents who have experienced the death of a child.
- Last Tuesday of the month 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at W. A. Edwards Family Centre, 333 - 4th Ave. N., Saskatoon, call 306-244-5577
Children and Grief
A group program intended for children ages 6 to 12 years who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling.
- Contact W.A. Edwards Family Centre, 333-4th Avenue North, Saskatoon, call 306-244-5577
- Colours of Grief & Healing
Hold On! A Group for Grieving Teens
An eight week series that offers a facilitated group for teens 13 to18 years of age that have experienced the death of someone close.
- Edwards Family Centre, 333 - 4th Avenue North, Saskatoon
- Contact Eleanor Edwards at 306-244-5577
- Pre-registration and a commitment to attend all eight weeks are required.
- No Fee - this group is made possible through sponsorship from Saskatoon Funeral Home.
Men’s Survival Cooking Program
The Men’s Survival Cooking Program, offered by the Saskatoon Council on Aging, teaches older men cooking skills and provides an opportunity for socializing. Group members learn to prepare meals that are quick, simple, and easy to make. Participants receive a copy of Living Simply, a handbook for adults assuming new responsibilities.
The participants of the program tend to be men who are assuming responsibilities unfamiliar to them such as grocery shopping and meal preparation. These men may be widowed or caregivers for their spouses. The program offers men the opportunity to ask questions, exchange ideas, tell stories, and socialize.
For more information contact Murray Scharf at 306-374-0874.